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Helen Hoffman has combined her dual passions of travel and writing to produce some fascinating and entertaining fiction which is inspired by real life events.

Her latest effort, which took out first prize in the inaugural Halcyon Greens’s Writing Competition takes the reader to the majestic Karijni National Park in Western Australia.

The short story offers a humourous glimpse at a real life encounter with some immodest German Backpackers.

“I love writing,” Helen said. “There are no restrictions in your mind, you can explore anything your imagination comes up with.

“The story in ‘Don’t Look’ actually happened.

Helen has taken a number of courses at the Byron Writer’s Centre and has used what she learned to dabble in fiction and travel blogs.

“I like to take actual historical events and take an artistic license to expand on those stories and make them enjoyable,” she said.

The former travel agent and marketing manager has also completed a travel blog and a book for children, which she’s planning to submit to publishers in the hope it might be released.

Read the four finalist's entries:

Remembering

When friendship conquers all

WINNER: Don't look